Kenny Perry

Kenny Perry chats with reporters Tuesday before the PGA Championship.

Kenny Perry trading babysitting duties for PGA Championship

By Joseph Demling,

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  –  On a typical Tuesday afternoon, Kenny Perry is playing with blocks or watching a children’s movie with his two grandkids in Franklin, Ky.

“You are keeping me from babysitting,” Perry said with a laugh in his news conference with the media at Valhalla Golf Club.

Perry was busy this week preparing for one last run at a major championship – the PGA Championship – instead of watching his 3-year-old grandson, Rowdy, or 1-year-old granddaughter, Milly, at home with his wife Sandy.

“I had three kids under three at one time of my own and I don’t know how I had that much energy,” Perry said. “But you know what, they’ve been great. I don’t really have to show up on Tuesdays on the Champions Tour. I have to be there Thursday for the Pro-Am, so Tuesday is the day to keep the grandkids.

“It’s just been a treat for me, we keep them every week and it’s a lot of fun.”

VIDEO: Perry "overjoyed" for one more major experience at Valhalla

Perry said the grandkids didn’t mind him skipping out a week.

Perry, a 54-year-old, has had success at Valhalla and will try to rekindle that magic this week. He was the runner-up to Mark Brooks here in 1996 and was on the U.S. Ryder Cup team that won here in 2008.

“I love this place,” Perry said. “I’m just excited to get the opportunity to go out the back door one more time as they say, one more time.”

Win or lose, Perry said next week he’ll be back to his regular duties of changing diapers and keeping the kids occupied.

And in the not-too-distant future, those duties will get tougher.

“Don’t tell anybody, ya’ll be quiet, but my youngest daughter is going to have another one in February,” he said. “We’re excited, my family is growing.”